McDonald House Oxford is within Oxford University
Hospital's John Radcliffe. During her adult life
Rebekah was under treatment from Oxford so the
hospital there is special. We have a
number of projects running to support Ronald
McDonald House in Oxford.
McDonald House within the childrens' department at
Oxford University Hospitals was the eleventh house
to open in the UK and was the first to be opened
within the hospital building itself. The house
offers seventeen rooms where parents can get some
much needed rest, reassured by the fact that they
are under the same roof as their children. The house
has everything a family could need in
order to continue as far as they can a normal life.
There are kitchens, laundry and a lounge area.
the house helped 582 families stay close to their
Hospital offers many regional and super- regional
specialist services and is the home to one of only
four paediatric craniofacial services in the
country. This means families and children travel
from all over Britain to receive vital care.
.In January 2007,
Ronald McDonald opened a 17 bedroom House
located on the top floor of the children’s hospital,
which accommodated over 600 families last year.
However there were many more who needed help. The
House does not have the capacity to look after every
family who needs a place to stay and is unable to
support any families who have babies in the Newborn
Intensive Care Unit. In addition, it cannot provide
all the support on offer in other Ronald McDonald
all specialist children’s hospitals, Oxford
Children’s Hospital provides services across a wide
region. Children and their families travel from all
over the UK, including Northern Ireland, to receive
vital care. The house is working in partnership with
Oxford University Hospitals to develop a new Ronald
McDonald House within the grounds of the John
Radcliffe Hospital and to extend services to include
Newborn Intensive Care. The new house would be
purpose built and better able to fully meet the
current and future demand for rooms and offer a true
‘home away from home’.
The 62-bedroom House will be constructed in grounds
currently identified by the Hospital Trust as a
development site adjacent to the Children and
Newborn Services. The House would also have communal
living facilities, including kitchens, lounges,
playrooms and a laundry room.
Many sick children are treated in specialist
hospitals far from home, which can be a frightening
experience. For the family it can mean long drives,
splitting the family unit or paying vast sums of
money on hotel accommodation. That’s why the free
service Ronald McDonald House provides is so vital
to these families.
the good news that planning permission has been
granted the charity will consider the next stages as
a priority and will work with the hospital and
partners over the funding and timing of the new
development. A capital appeal has not been ruled out
to raise the necessary funds. Similar projects have
been in the region of £10 to £13 million.
As well as having some fund raising projects
specifically dedicated to Ronald McDonald House,
Oxford, we regularly send cards to families wishing
them well. You can sign a card, simply go to our
sign a card area.
Christmas is coming !
YES it is
you start your Christmas Shopping why not but an
extra present and pop it into our Secret Santa
project for a family in Ronald McDonald House
Support does not only mean money, far from it, but
it ALWAYS means LOVE.
We call our daily blog THE WAVE OF LOVE and are
never short of news to report, news of the love so
many people surf on the wave to help families who
have a child sick in hospital.
You can find what is currently on The Wave Of Love
by visiting our home page.